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Children's Social Workers – Referral, Assessment and MASH with £3,000 Recruitment Payment

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Closed for applications on 26/11/2018 23:59
£28,221 to £34,106 per annum plus recruitment payment of £3,000 (Subject to criteria)
£3,000 recruitment payment (Subject to criteria)
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Badminton Road
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Closing date:
26 Nov

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This job is closed for applications.

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Experienced Children's Social Workers – Referral, Assessment and MASH with £3,000 Recruitment Payment

Summary of Post

This post attracts a gross lump sum £3,000 recruitment payment offered to enable experienced Social Workers who have already successfully completed their ASYE to join our permanent workforce. This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 3-6 months).

We also welcome applications from those seeking job share or part time arrangements.

Following a recent review, our senior management team have taken the initiative to proactively increase our full time permanent establishment. We are therefore looking for a number of Social Workers or Advanced Social Workers to continue, with the redevelopment of this service post MASH introduction.

South Gloucestershire Council continue to progress integrated working with the protection of vulnerable children being our number one priority. In response to this we have realigned our duty and assessment functions to form a new service which is now the Front Door for all of Integrated Children’s Services in South Gloucestershire.

We are currently unable to accept applications from those pending qualification or those seeking to complete their ASYE within this team. Therefore one year post qualifying practice is required as a minimum.

The Access and Response Team consists of three teams; Access, MASH and Response.

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team. We are seeking versatile, enthusiastic and experienced team members with a knowledge of signs of safety being an advantage. A snapshot of each team is listed below.

Access Team - Office Based

• Triaging referrals coming into the team

• Applying threshold for Universal Service, Early Help and Social Care

• Dealing with professionals and parents on a daily basis by telephone

• Analysing risk from the presenting information and follow up calls


• Triaging referrals coming into the team

• Applying threshold for Universal Service, Early Help and Social Care

• Dealing with professionals and parents on a daily basis by telephone

• Analysing risk from the presenting information and follow up calls Attending strategy discussions

• Completing S47 enquiries

• Attending court to gain Emergency Protection Orders


• Assessing Child in Need - single assessment

• Identifying risks and participating in strategy discussion

• Using signs of safety for all work in assessment/report writing and direct work with children

• Writing Child Protection Conference reports

• Undertaking the necessary legal planning, including Legal Planning Meetings, and Public Law Outline

• Attending court to gain Emergency Protection Orders or Interim Care Orders - write care plans

• Step down Child in Need

• Child protection procedures

• Section 47 investigations

• Achieving best evidence interviews

• Covering duty

• Assessing Child in Need single assessment

Social workers must be able to drive and have access to a car.

In return South Gloucestershire Council will offer regular reflective supervision, training and professional development opportunities including our career advancement initiative for Social Workers wishing to attain Advanced Social Worker status, flexible working arrangements including the ability to work from home and an excellent benefits package including the Local Government Pension Scheme, relocation assistance and our My Lifestyle employee benefits tool, offering great savings on every day purchases.

Social Workers are usually initially appointed to the salary range: £28,221 - £30,756 however, if you already meet the Advanced Social Worker criteria we can appoint to the salary range: £31,401 - £34,106. In order to be considered for an Advanced post, please complete the attached Linked Scale Supplementary Application form and return this to HRservicecentre@southglos.gov.uk with the subject Supplementary Application followed by the post number on the advert.

Learn more about Integrated Children's Services, our location, our staff benefits and hear from our valued team of Social Workers at www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk - Where you can also learn more about the service manager Paul Brewster.

Main Duties

We are seeking a skilled Social Worker to work within the Response Team. Under the supervision of the Team Manager, you will be able to effectively manage risk where there is risk of, or actual, significant harm to children to ensure that children are kept safe and protected from abuse. Social Workers skilled in Referral and Assessment, Front Door or MASH work are being sought.

Working in a multi-agency context, you will ensure vulnerable children and young people are identified, protected and supported to achieve positive outcomes. Assessing and identifying the needs and risks of children and young people, working with range of other agencies and disciplines to ensure that an effective prompt holistic service response is provided to children young people and their families, particularly to those at risk of significant harm.

The post is based at our Badminton Road Offices. Which is situated on the periphery of Bristol and you will provide a service across the whole of the Local Authority. South Gloucestershire is considered to be an excellent place to live and work. Located within easy reach of Bristol and Bath it is well known for its quality of life and beautiful countryside which boarders the Severn Estuary with its two magnificent bridges.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Recognised and relevant professional qualification e.g. DipSW, CQSW, CSS, plus completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as required, or working towards this. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You will demonstrate specialist up to date knowledge of the service area of child protection, Public Law outline, Children in Need and Looked after children and be able to demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

Effective interpersonal skills and experience of working with a broad range of people including families in a social care settings

You will be able to carry out good quality analytical assessments and outcome focussed care plans, communicate findings and risks to families

You will be able to keep detailed and accurate records

Evidence of on-going continuous professional development and a thorough knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to children and young people’s services

Effective communication and relationship building skills, including handling difficult and sensitive issues.

Evidence of a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages.

Full clean drivers licence and access to a car to travel to a range of locations including home visits.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

Have successfully fully completed your ASYE


There are no desirable criteria for this post

Additional Information

We are currently unable to accept applications from those pending qualification or those seeking to complete their ASYE within this team.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

For further details after reading the job summary, please contact Paul Brewster, Service Manager on 01454 86 7851

Where appropriate, we may appoint more than one Social Worker to join the team.

Salary: £28,221 to £34,106 per annum, plus recruitment payment of £3,000 for those new to the council

Hours: 37:00

Closing Date: 26th November 2018

Vacancy Ref: SGC1066/834/ART/JS

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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